Saturday 21st April has been a very important date in the music calendar for many people up and down the country and even internationally as it was annual Record Store Day.
This is a celebration of the culture of the independently owned record shop. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores right across the world.
A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, with a unique list of releases for each country, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. The event began in the United States and remains headquartered there. Record Store Day has official international organizers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and Spain
Brighton had its fair share of goings on this year, with our independent stores all vying for business and the eager punters endeavouring to secure that treasured vinyl item or two or three or four. The most amusing release this year for me was by the Lovely Eggs who released their ‘This Is Eggland’ 12”” long player in the style of a giant fried egg. There were only 500 copies of this special picture disc made.
Over the years, I have found it most refreshing hunting for discs in the independent record shops as you really don’t know what’s going to turn up next. Buying records remains fun and with the new generations coming through, they too are getting the bug!
Roll on next year!
Your local Brighton independent record shops that took part this year were:
Bella Union Vinyl Shop,
13 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1AJ Tel: 01273 245287http://bellaunionstore.com/
104 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ER Tel: 01273 818170
27-28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL Tel: 01273 606312
33 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: 0333 323 0736
Further details are here: https://recordstoreday.co.uk/home/
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